Today I’m going to review the latest addition to Choetech wireless charger series – T516 Iron. Choetech is known for making good quality smartphone accessories for a very nice price. I have reviewed quite a bit of their wireless chargers before and I haven’t been disappointed once. So I’m expecting good things from the T516 Iron wireless charger. With a new modern design, aluminium construction and a price of $30 on Amazon, it might actually be one of the best wireless chargers we have reviewed.
In The Box
- Choetech T516 Iron wireless charger
- 5V/2A wall power adapter
- MicroUSB charging cable
- Wireless charging standard: Qi
- Dimensions: 132x104x81mm / 5.2×4.1×3.2″
- Charging power: up to 1.5A / 7.5W
- Charging speed: 0-100% in 3 hours and 20 minutes
Design & Charging
The Choetech T516 Iron wireless charger comes in a simple package. The only extras that come with the charger are a MicroUSB cable, 5V/2A wall power adapter and documentation. I’m really happy that is comes with a wall power adapter as it is a must for wireless chargers. Not sure why every company doesn’t do that. Both the cable and adapter are white and made out of standard plastic. Nothing fancy or super strong. Also the cable is 1.2m / 4ft long.
The Choetech T516 Iron wireless charger feels sleek. I love the design and it looks really high quality because of the aluminium. It would look perfect in an office. The charger has kind of a similar design as the TYLT VU charger, except the smartphone is sitting more upright. So it also takes less room. As I noted before, the wireless charger is fully made out of aluminium. Choetech has added rubber pads to the bottom, which protects any surface you might want to use it on. The charger also doesn’t have any rough edges. A high quality finish.
Choetech has added the MicroUSB port to the side of the charger. That is probably to keep the charger thin and not make it bulky. It does make the cable position kind of awkward. There are also 4 small holes on the side that have a LED indicator. All of them display the same blue light, which indicates that the charger is working. The back of the charger displays the technical specifications of the T516.
According to the technical specifications, the charger should be able to output up to 7.5W of power. I was able to get between 6.5W and 7.5W with the wall adapter. So close enough. It varies because of the electrical current etc. With that, the charging speed from 0 to 100% is around 3 hours and 20 minutes. In comparison, the Choetech and Samsung Fast Wireless Chargers output 12W of power and fully charge in 2 hours and 40 minutes. But the 12W only works for a limited amount of smartphones so unless you have one, it is useless. Also the Choetech T516 Iron does output more power than the standard 5W charger.
Also they use the same 3 coil technology as seen on the TYLT VU. The 3 coil technology means that you don’t have to spend time searching for the sweet charging spot. Instead just drop your phone onto the charger and it will start charging. Also you can place it sideways. The angle of the charger lets you use your phone even while charging.
The Choetech T516 Iron is definitely one of the best looking wireless chargers available. I personally love the everything that is made out of aluminium and has this strong sleek design. For $30 it is definitely a great option in the wireless charger market. Hopefully they will come out with the 12W fast wireless charger version of the T516 as well. That is really the only reason why not to go with this charger if you have a smartphone that supports it.